“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death”(Jas.1:13-15). No matter the situation or circumstances, it seems we always want to blame someone else. Has our culture conditioned us over the years to believe that it’s always somebody else’s fault? It’s not my child’s fault, it’s the teachers. My child wouldn’t dare do that, it must have been one of the other kids.
James says, if you’re talking about being tempted and sinning, don’t blame God. In fact, don’t blame anyone but yourself. That’s right, when it comes to yielding to temptations, you and I must take ownership. There’s no one for us to blame for our own personal temptations and sin struggles, but ourselves. It’s when we stop passing the blame and take ownership for our actions that we begin to see growth and change in ourselves. Reality is, if one never takes responsibility for his own actions, then he’ll never see the need to change his behavior. As Christians we should live every day with an attitude of repentance and a willingness to change whatever behavior is not pleasing to God.